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About Group : Walk On By

Of all the various Hot Chip spin-off projects (see also New Build, the 2 Bears), Alexis Taylor’s About Group – which finds him joined by ex-Spiritualized/ Spring Heel Jack guitarist John Coxon, former Derek Bailey/ Tony Oxley collaborator Pat Thomas on electronics and legendary drummer Charles Hayward (This Heat) – has always been the hardest to pin down. Whilst 2011’s Start & Complete favoured hushed blue-eyed soul ballads and jazzy prog-folk, the quartet’s eponymous debut was a sprawling mass of improvised, instrumental avant rock, and if advance single “Walk On By” is anything to go by, forthcoming third LP Between The Walls (out July 1 via Domino) might signal a return to that wild, experimental sound. Closer in spirit to Issac Hayes’ revision of the Bacharach/ David standard than the better-known Dionne Warwick original, Taylor and friends’ cover starts off as a taut, swampy funk jam before unravelling and eventually snapping back into shape as a throbbing Krautrock workout. It’s driven throughout by spectacular, subtly showy drumming, which you should enjoy while you can: Hayward is vacating the stool after this release, and – with “Walk On By” painting him as the group’s true beating heart – you can be sure he’ll be missed. Listen below.

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About foamhands

My name is Michael Dix; I'm a decade or so past being down with the kids, but to me new music never gets old. Apparently I like music that sounds like faulty kitchen appliances and ritual slaughter; really I just like what I like, whether that happens to be indie, pop, punk, hip hop, metal, electronica, Afrobeat or jazz. Follow me on Twitter @FoamHandsBlog to receive notifications of new posts and the occasional random brain-fart, and please share links wherever you can. Enjoy!

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